|This section provides information that users should be familiar with prior to configuring and using MULTICAx Pro/Engineer PD Plug-in. It also offers advice regarding when these technologies should be used.|
Importing ProE data into V5 results in a conversion of the imported
data to one of three formats, selectable by the user. Depending on how the
imported data will be used, the user can choose whether to create CGR, CGR
with canonical information or CATPart data.
Each format has its own advantages and limitations:
Whenever you import a ProE part or assembly file, V5 creates a report in the CATReport directory. The report is found in a file titled part_name.txt or assembly_name.txt.
The ideal working environment makes use of the following:
Using CATPart Mode vs Visu Mode
The MULTICAx PD Plug-in Plug-in support CATPart mode, allowing for ProE parts to be imported as CATPart data files. In this mode, ProE part data contained by the solid body is transferred into a CATPart.
Because CATPart files are large and take more time to convert, CATPart mode management is an optional feature.
CATPart features and limitations
The features and limitations of Multi-CAD CATParts are identical to those of all other locked V5 CATParts, which can be used as a reference but cannot be modified.
You should be aware that the conversion to the CATPart format requires more time than only generating the CGR (faceted) format. In addition, CATPart files are larger than their corresponding CGR files. Therefore, it is recommended that CATPart mode is only enabled if exact positioning, exact measurement or putting constraints is required.